Hearing loss is considered a prevalent ailment. The World Health Organization released statistics revealing that 466 million people worldwide have a disabling hearing loss, while 34 million of these are children who have a hearing loss.

March 3rd was World Hearing Day, a day created by the World Health Organization to raise awareness for all health of hearing ailments and as a way to promote healthy hearing around the globe.

Nobody should have to suffer in silence. We believe that it’s only through increased knowledge and awareness that people will realize the importance of regular hearing tests and their hearing care.

At Sound Audiology & Hearing Aids, your hearing is our number one priority. We are dedicated to promoting positive hearing care; through this, we hope to ensure the continuing health of hearing in our local community.

Unfortunately, stigma still surrounds the discussion of hearing loss amongst family and friends. It’s commonly viewed as an older adult’s ailment, whereas someone new to wearing spectacles will be casually shrugged off by society as a whole.

We commonly book check-ups for teeth, health, eyes, and our regular health; it’s about time we took the same care and consideration with our hearing.

Why Are People Willing to Live With Untreated Hearing Loss?

  • Misconception

People often worry that friends and family will treat them differently after wearing hearing aids when the opposite is usually true.

The person can now interact more comfortably and actively join in conversations without the fear of constantly asking the person to repeat themselves.

Many people fear the appearance of the hearing aid in their ears. However, the image of bulky hearing aids sticking out from the ear is outdated, and thanks to modern technology, hearing aids are now almost impossible to spot.

The smallest hearing aids still retain the highest sound quality, and thanks to Bluetooth, technology can be directly connected to calls and music on cellphones with little to no fuss.

  • Cost

The cost of hearing aids is quite often misunderstood as the sole cost of the device. We usually explain to our patients that hearing aids are only a small portion of the price you pay when you visit us at Sound Audiology & Hearing Aids.

The ongoing premium care our patients recieve long after they were fitted with their devices more than makes up for the cost.

Likewise, most insurance companies support hearing aids and hearing care as a part of their plans, with some covering the entire cost.

In our experience, we believe hearing aids to be an investment that has the power to reshape and improve an individual’s entire standard of living.

To contact us with any ongoing concerns you might have regarding misconceptions or hearing aid finance, click here.

Long-Term Effects of Ignoring Hearing Loss?

As experienced audiologists, we know that the average person can take between 7 and 10 years before approaching us for a hearing test. This might seem surprising, but trust us when we say that we have encountered people who have chosen to wait longer.

Currently, more than 38 million people in the country are said to be living with some form of hearing loss, while it’s believed that 15% of all US schoolchildren suffer from hearing loss.

Following a 12-year study, Johns Hopkins University found that not only will hearing loss affect your day-to-day life, but it can increase the likelihood of the patient developing a long-term health condition such as dementia.

If you think a family member might be suffering from hearing loss and would like to talk to one of our experienced audiologists, click here.

The First Step Is In Your Hands

If you or a loved one wish to make an appointment with one of our experienced audiologists or have any ongoing concerns regarding you or a family, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

To visit our website for more information on hearing loss or to request a callbackclick here.

If you wish to find out the number of your local officeclick here.

Your hearing matters to us, and so do you. From everyone on our team, we look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Will Losey, HIS, AAS, COCH.

Will Losey, HIS, AAS, COCH.

Will is our incredible Occupational Hearing Conservationist, there’s not a lot about hearing technology that he doesn’t know, and spends much of his time helping patients with their new hearing aids to get the fit perfect. He was been born and raised in the Tri-Cities and went to Highschool at Richland High, graduating from the hearing instrument specialist program at Spokane Falls (SFCC). His favorite part of his role is being able to make a huge change for the better in people’s lives, including seeing the difference from when people walk in, to when they leave. Outside of the office, Will is a big NFL fan and enjoys watching as many games as he can. He also loves traveling around the world and experiencing different cultures. He is married to his beautiful wife Tauni and they have an orange tabby kitten called Frankie.